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Real Stortford teams pick up well-deserved prizes at Mid-Herts Rural Minors League presentation day

Three Real Stortford sides collected prizes at the Mid-Herts League's presentation day.

Under-18 Stars got their hands on the Premier League trophy and the League Cup after they completed a double for the second season in a row.

They have achieved the best return of any youth team in the area and the majority of the side have been together for nine seasons.

Real Stortford under-18 Stars and under-18 Lions (12077172)
Real Stortford under-18 Stars and under-18 Lions (12077172)

Stars were unbeaten in the league campaign and finished a staggering 21 points clear of runners-up Enfield and 22 above derby rivals Bishop's Stortford Community Football Club United.

They conceded a mere 10 goals in 16 games and found the back of the net on 49 occasions, with Tolu Osiyemi topping the division's scoring charts and Matt Kemp coming third.

Under-18 Lions collected their trophy for finishing as Division One runners-up.

An impressive seven-game winning streak at the end of the season helped them qualify for the Supplementary Cup final and lead Cheshunt by two points at the top of the table. Cheshunt went on to claim the title after being awarded a win when opponents Potters Bar failed to fulfil the fixture.

Many of the Lions squad have also been together for nine campaigns, with them and Stars being the two founding teams when Real Stortford was created four seasons ago.

Between the two sides in those four years they have won two league titles and been runners-up twice, won four cup finals and been runners-up on three occasions and, more importantly, 24 of the original players are still playing for the club.

The other team to bag a prize were under-13 Bulls, who picked up the Sportsmanship Award ahead of 67 other teams in their age group.

Real Stortford under-13 Bulls (12077175)
Real Stortford under-13 Bulls (12077175)

The award was for sportsmanship and conduct both on and off the field, and was voted for by referees and opposition managers. The league's chairman said Bulls had set standards that all other teams should aspire to.

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